I'm completely out of words to express the beauty of Munnar. It's such a beautiful place!! The resort is located well away from the Munnar town.. the journey to this resort in a 4x4 jeep itself is an experience!! After close to 40min of off roading you reach this hidden gem called Nature zone. Tucked far away from the town spaces you enjoy complete privacy surrounded by acres of tea plantations and lush green mountains.. the only things you hear are chirps of birds, gentle breeze and occasional rain droplets blessing the mountains.. we stayed in the tent house for one day and the tree house on another day.. both of them have their own advantages.. tent house has great valley views while tree house is more of a jungle environment.. the resort is absolutely safe for couples and kids. They serve great homemade food and offer guided treks. Trust me you will never leave this place once you are in.. :)
Stayed here for four nights - 3 Treehouse and 1 Tent in Jan 2016. Setting is superb, with easy access to hilltops and Tea Estates, where there is unlimited walking. Set way above the Munnar Valley, so views are superb and there is wildlife everywhere, particularly birds, although we were very fortunate and saw a Bull Elephant on our first evening. Food, both breakfast and evening meal, is very good. One of our guide books suggested the tents could be a little " musty " but that wasn't our experience at all. They were very well maintained and exceptionally comfortable. Staff, from Manager to restaurant staff, were consistently cheerful and helpful.
This was the best thing in our Kerala trip. It`s hidden in the deep woods amidst beautiful tea plantations. Nature zone jeep dropped us at the hotel from Munnar. The dirt road was very bad, but it`s worth the short agony. Only caution for the ride is, it`s not a safe thing for old people with ailments and for expecting mothers. While going to the hotel, we did see beautiful views of tea plantation mountains and workers plucking tea leaves. Staying at their tents was the best thing happend to me so far. I was able to see the clouds below from our tents in the morning. We hiked to couple of trails for sunset views and they were amazing, no words to describe. Nature Zone has a great restaurant and the food was delicious. Both the Hotel and restaurant`s staff were very caring and helpful. I would definitely go back to this place again.
I do NOT recommend booking this place with the idea of using the location as a central point for enjoying other attractions in the Munnar area.
There is a lot here to like. Beautiful grounds, reminiscent of the high country in Kenya; impressive views when the fog clears; wonderful birds flitting about the place; cool dry air - a nice change from most of the rest of south India, and the opportunity for some pleasant high country hikes.
It is, however, an extremely jarring ride to get here from town. It takes a full half hour to do the 7ks (4 miles) in a hard riding old jeep that is like being in a clothes washer with no water. It seemed like the driver was going as fast as he could go without actually launching us out of the vehicle to do it in half an hour, but the idea of enduring that ride daily each way to enjoy a day trip to somewhere nearby is daunting. To be fair, we are in our 70s and had just endured the 4.5 hour drive from Cochin in the dark which is already bad road even by Indian standards a long slog in the usual roller derby style where a loaded lorry is doing 12 kph up a winding hill and huge buses and motor bikes and tuk-tuks are competing with your car to pass, etc.
We canceled our planned visit to the nearby national park in part because we did not want to endure that road out and back. Again, to be fair the beauty of the surroundings at Nature Zone was very much part of that decision, but it is a very unattractive ride.
The African Safari Tents are somewhat as advertised, except in Africa they are spread out with trees between them, and while these are charming enough as a place to stay, you hear everything everyone around you is saying, and a wake-up call for anyone is a wake-up call for everyone which isnt a big deal because the wonderful red-whiskered bulbuls will have warbled you to wakefulness at the streak of dawn anyway.
Also, if you are a senior, just walking the rough stone pathways is a challenge. Unless you are a somewhat fit and vibrant geezer, Id not recommend this place. Two other advisories, no alcohol is available and while we thought the food was just fine, aside from the white bread and a toaster at breakfast, the buffet offers Indian food only; competent, enjoyable Indian food with choices that were not highly spicy, but if you arent yet into Indian food and dont want to have to subsist on rice and chapatis you may be happier in a place with more western amenities.
It was tent looking valley. Night view of town and running of vehicles on highway with their headline on. Especially, view before and just after sunrise. Dinner was better than good but breakfast was not bad but not to the mark. Rent was OK.